AREVA holds year’s second Local Information Commission meeting

News brief

December 28, 2011

AREVA invited all the stakeholders of the mining sites in the Agadez region to attend this year’s second meeting of the Local Information Commission (LIC) in Niger on December 13 to 15.

Intended to bring about better communication and dialogue, the LICs offer the opportunity to present and discuss all aspects of the mining operations. The main subjects dealt with at this meeting were social actions and their effects, protection and monitoring of the environment following the collapse of the dike at SOMAÏR in December 2010, the impact of the mining activity on local employment now and in the future, the heap leaching technique in use at Imouraren, and the missions and goals of the Health Observatory program in the Agadez region.

In addition to presentations on these subjects, visits were made to the Imouraren, SOMAÏR and COMINAK sites, and a meeting was held with the Prefect of Arlit. These discussions among representatives of civil society, NGOs, and the AREVA group led to concrete proposals aimed at improving communication over the long term.

The atmosphere at the LIC was calm and constructive. All the participants applauded AREVA for organizing these meetings twice a year as a way to promote dialogue and transparency. The preceding one took place on April 27 and 28, 2011.